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# Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the stars,

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Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the
stars, and hydrogen bombs, merging the nuclei of
atoms and not splitting them apart, as in nuclear
reactors.

(A) merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting
them apart, as in nuclear reactors
(B) merging the nuclei of atoms instead of splitting
them apart, like nuclear reactors
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than split-
ting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not
split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors
(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic
reactors that split them apart.
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16 Feb 2006, 17:26
Its a 3-2 split. I would go with "and merges" since "and" is required for conjunction. Between D and E, D expresses the idea without ambiguity. Nuclei are split apart IN nuclear reactor.

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16 Feb 2006, 17:36
D and E as the stem is explaining the Nuclear fusion.
Between D and E, D holds.
D. The nuclear fusion is the force that ...... merges ...... but does not split.
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16 Feb 2006, 20:04
C

(A) merging the nuclei of atoms and not splitting
them apart, as in nuclear reactors
>>> Wrong, as should be followed by clause not by phrase
(B) merging the nuclei of atoms instead of splitting
them apart, like nuclear reactors
>>>>>wrong comparison, action "merging" is compared with nuclear reactors
(C) merging the nuclei of atoms rather than split-
ting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
>>>> right comparision
(D) and merges the nuclei of atoms but does not
split them apart, as is done in unclear reactors
>>>>wrong as should be followed by clause
(E) and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic
reactors that split them apart.
>>>> wrong ambigous "them"
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16 Feb 2006, 20:21
I'm with "C".

merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart, as nuclear reactors do
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16 Feb 2006, 20:23
I`ll take (C) also. Merging~ describes the process...
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17 Feb 2006, 00:52
I think E.

Sentence structure should be like this:

Nuclear fusion is the force that powers A,B and C and merges D.

I think C is having run-on problem. We require "and" here.
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17 Feb 2006, 10:41
ps_dahiya wrote:
I think E.

Sentence structure should be like this:

Nuclear fusion is the force that powers A,B and C and merges D.

I think C is having run-on problem. We require "and" here.

I think we are comparing here.. Not saying A, B and C and merges D..
From what I understand.. its saying Nuclear Fusion does this this.. as what Nuclear reactor does..

I vouche for C
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17 Feb 2006, 10:50
I vote for C.
In my opinion
Quote:
and
can not be used in this context so D & E are out and from A, B and C, C makes sense.
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18 Feb 2006, 16:47
the oa is E
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18 Feb 2006, 16:55
i had a tough time with this one as i chose C to begin with, but if you break it down, the real problem is "what is merging"? A, B,C is unclear what merging is modifying. It could be hydrogen bombs that is doing the merging. D is wordy

E is correct because there is no confusion in what is doing the merging. It may look like there are too many "and" but it is ok.

Nuclear fission is the force that powers X, Y, and Z and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart.

"unlike atomic reactors that split them apart" properly compares to Nuclear reactors"merges nuclei of atoms"
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18 Feb 2006, 17:13
joemama142000 wrote:
i had a tough time with this one as i chose C to begin with, but if you break it down, the real problem is "what is merging"? A, B,C is unclear what merging is modifying. It could be hydrogen bombs that is doing the merging. D is wordy

E is correct because there is no confusion in what is doing the merging. It may look like there are too many "and" but it is ok.

Nuclear fission is the force that powers X, Y, and Z and merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart.

"unlike atomic reactors that split them apart" properly compares to Nuclear reactors"merges nuclei of atoms"

Clearly action inducer is compared not the action itself -- so like is more appropriate

but

in E force is compared with reactors .............. doesnt sound correct
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18 Feb 2006, 21:24
For those who chose C (especially myself) you probably should add this one to your notes.
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18 Feb 2006, 21:34
I agree "E" it should be.
This is for those who selected "C" (especially myself)

In "C" it is not clear what the part of the sentence after "comma" refers to,
it can refer to whole sentence (merging the nuclei of atoms rather than splitting them apart) but it should refer to "splitting them apart"

"E" is perfect & does this.
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18 Feb 2006, 22:11
picked C ... but understood where i made a mistake!
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19 Feb 2006, 00:55
force is not compared with reactors but does that matter? bc nuclear fission =force that powers sun.....

Nuclear fusion is the force that powers the Sun, the
stars, and hydrogen bombs, and (Nuclear Fission) merges the nuclei of atoms, unlike atomic reactors that split them apart.

The bolded part maintains the ll

Also correct me if im wrong but

merging the nuclei of atoms rather than split-
ting them apart, as nuclear reactors do

I dont think there can be a comparison here because merging acts as a modifyer. Therefore it is not a clause. "As nuclear reactors do" is a clause. And "as" is used in clause comparison.

I could be wrong
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29 Jul 2009, 05:14
Though it is an old thread, I am here to clear that OA has been wrongly posted.

According to 1000 SCs, the answer is E. According to OG 11th edition pblm no. 104 (p. 709), the answer is C. It is better to stick with OG explanation and answer.
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29 Jul 2009, 08:50
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Though it is an old thread, I am here to clear that OA has been wrongly posted.

According to 1000 SCs, the answer is E. According to OG 11th edition pblm no. 104 (p. 709), the answer is C. It is better to stick with OG explanation and answer.

Thanks. I too picked C.

can you post the OE.
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30 Jul 2009, 17:44
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crejoc wrote:
Though it is an old thread, I am here to clear that OA has been wrongly posted.

According to 1000 SCs, the answer is E. According to OG 11th edition pblm no. 104 (p. 709), the answer is C. It is better to stick with OG explanation and answer.

Thanks. I too picked C.

can you post the OE.

You can find the OE if you have OG 11th edition in the specified page number as mentioned above, however OG explanations are always not the best in the sense they are very hard to comprehend, (atleast for me), so i always prefer referring forums for more detailed explanations. here is a link for the explanation , hope this helps.

http://www.urch.com/forums/gmat-sentenc ... post200673
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01 Aug 2009, 23:23
GMAT "the official guide" says the correct answer is C.
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